Jackson County Campus
Perkinston Campus
George County Center
West Harrison County Center
Advanced Manufacturing and Technology Center

Become an Entry Level Welder and Cutter

About the Program

The Welding and Cutting Technology curriculum is designed to prepare the student for entry-level employment in the field of welding and cutting.

Electives are available in advanced levels of welding and cutting. The welding competencies required in this curriculum were developed to coincide with the Guide for the Training and Qualification of Welding Personnel: Entry Level Welders (AWS EG2.10-95) and Specification for Qualification and Certification for Entry Level Welders (AWS QC 10-95).

Skills Students Learn

Students will be exposed to the following skills:

  • Shielded Metal Arc Welding (SMAW)
  • Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW)
  • Flux Cored Arc Welding (FCAW)
  • Plasma Arc Cutting (PAC)
  • Carbon Arc Cutting
  • Oxyfuel Cutting
  • Gas Tungsten Arc Welding (GTAW)

Career Opportunities

Students are prepared for entry-level positions as:

  • Welders
  • Cutters
  • Solderers
  • Brazers

Degree Options and Requirements

This program leads to an Associate of Applied Science Degree and is preparatory for employment upon graduation from MGCCC. Where a transfer to four-year college or university is desired, a conference should be scheduled with a MGCCC advisor.

All students completing a career or technical program must complete a MGCCC Board- approved Technical Skills Attainment where applicable. Students should see an advisor for further details.

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Welding Technology Coursework

For class times, visit the MGCCC class schedules.

Welding Certificate

Semester One

Course Credit(s)
WLT 1173 - Introduction to Welding and Safety 3
WLT 1313 - Cutting Processes 3
WLT 1114 - Shielded Metal Arc Welding I 4
WLT 1225 - Shielded Metal Arc Welding II 5
LLS 1721 - Employment Readiness 1

Semester Two

Course Credit(s)
WLT 1233 - Blueprint Reading, Welding Symbols, and Metallurgy 3
WLT 1143 - Flux Cored Arc Welding 3
WLT 1124 - Gas Metal Arc Welding 4
WLT 1135 - Gas Tungsten Arc Welding 5

Total Credits: 30/31

Welding Diploma

Semester Three

Course Credit(s)
WLT 1155 - Pipe Welding 5
WLT 1252 - Advanced Pipe Welding 2
WLT 2913 - Welding Code 3
WLT 1915 - Special Problems in Welding and Cutting Technology 5

Total Credits: 15

Associate of Applied Science Degree

Semester Four

Course Credit(s)
ENG 1113 / 1114 English Composition I or ENG 1033 Technical English 3/4
SPT 1113 - Public Speaking I or LLS 1721 - Employment Readiness and SPT 2172 - Interpersonal Communication 3**
Math/Natural Science Elective 3/4*
Social/Behavioral Science Elective 3
Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3

Total Credits: 14/17


Please refer to “The Credit by Non-Traditional Means” regarding stipulations for receiving articulated credit.

* MAT 1033, MAT 1313 or higher or any laboratory science.

Contact Us

For information on how to become a student at MGCCC, orientation, registration, and our programs, please call (228) 896-2536 or email questions@mgccc.edu.


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8:00 am – 5:00 pm

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